John brings a well-rounded and versatile perspective to his practice, having viewed regulatory and health law issues from all sides – regulator, regulated and government. In his over two decades of experience in regulation, John has served as General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer and as Director of Enforcement at a regulatory authority, as external counsel to health care organizations and regulatory colleges, and in senior policy positions with government, including Executive Director of the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association.

In his regulation practice, John advises on regulatory governance and strategy, compliance and enforcement issues, by-laws, policy and programs, and general corporate and commercial matters. For his health law clients, he provides advice on regulatory compliance, policies and procedures, corporate governance, health information and privacy, contracts, and insured/uninsured services. John has considerable experience preparing legislative submissions to government and assisting with the drafting of standards and regulations.

John has specific expertise in regulation and consumer protection as it relates to seniors' care and housing.


 

John Risk practices in the areas of health law, regulatory affairs, privacy and corporate law. He has particular expertise in legislative matters and health care regulation.

John brings a well-rounded and versatile perspective to his practice, having viewed regulatory and health law issues from all sides – regulator, regulated and government. In his over two decades of experience in regulation, John has served as General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer and as Director of Enforcement at a regulatory authority, as external counsel to health care organizations and regulatory colleges, and in senior policy positions with government, including Executive Director of the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association.

In his regulation practice, John advises on regulatory governance and strategy, compliance and enforcement issues, by-laws, policy and programs, and general corporate and commercial matters. For his health law clients, he provides advice on regulatory compliance, policies and procedures, corporate governance, health information and privacy, contracts, and insured/uninsured services. John has considerable experience preparing legislative submissions to government and assisting with the drafting of standards and regulations.

John has specific expertise in regulation and consumer protection as it relates to seniors' care and housing.


 

Reported Cases

2138658 Ontario Ltd. o/a Seeley's Bay Retirement Home, [2017] O.L.A.T. 10460/RHA (Ont Licence Appeal Tribunal)

Publications

"The Perils of Prediction: Lessons for Regulators in the Age of Big Data", WeirFoulds LLP Bulletin , December 2018

"The Role of Risk Management in Regulation", WeirFoulds Bulletin, September 2018

Bill 160: Major Initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care", Lexis Nexis "Risk Management in Canadian Health Care", December 2017 (with Debbie Tarshis)

The Regulation of Ontario Retirement Homes: A Primer for Elder Law Advocates in Ontario and B.C.", Canadian Centre for Elder Law, November 2017 (with Heather Hogan)

"Bill 160: Major Initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care", WeirFoulds LLP, October 2017 (with Debbie Tarshis)

"Tribunal Provides Guidance on Financial Abuse of Elderly ", WeirFoulds LLP , April 2017

"Consent to Treatment Package", Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

"Model Accommodation Agreement Package",Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

"Model Purchase of Services Agreement Package",Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

"Records Retention Toolkit: A Guide to the Maintenance and Disposal of Hospital Records", Toronto: Ontario Hospital Association, 2007

"External Review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan's Out-of-Country Program", Toronto: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2007 (with Mary Catherine Lindberg)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Hot Topics in Regulation", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Toronto, ON, June 27, 2018

Speaker, "Privacy and Consent in Congregate Care: What is the Role of SDMs?" Congregate Care: Legal Issues Facing Residents, Families & Substitute Decision Makers, Ontario Bar Association, June 8, 2018

Speaker, "Mitigating the Risks in Risk Management: A Practical Approach" Advancing Senior Care, AdvantAge Ontario, Annual General Meeting and Convention, April 17, 2018

Speaker, "Navigating the Regulatory Landscape", Together We Care, Ontario Long Term Care Association & Ontario Residential Communities Association Annual Conference, April 10, 2018

Co-Speaker, "Regulators and Risk Management", WeirFoulds LLP Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies Seminar, November 8, 2017 (with Karen McGovern, College of Nurses of Ontario)

Co-speaker, "Abuse, Safety, and Regulation: Protecting the Rights of Older Adults Living In Retirement Homes and Assisted Living", Canadian Elder Law Conference, November 3, 2017

Speaker, "Moneyballing Regulation: The Promise and Pitfalls of Analytics in Risk-Based Regulation", CNAR 2017 Conference, October 4, 2017

Speaker, "Care Homes, Retirement Homes, and Long-Term Care Homes", EPCOH Members' Meeting, Oakville, Ontario, March 23, 2017

Speaker, "Case Study: In Touch Retirement Home", Ministry of the Attorney General Crown School, Hamilton, June 16, 2015

Panelist, "What's on the Regulatory Radar for Retirement Homes", Ontario Residential Communities Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, April 2014

Speaker, "Retirement Homes Tenancies: Hot Topics", Osgoode Professional Development Intensive Program, Toronto, Ontario, February 19, 2014

Speaker, "Coordinating the Regulation of Health Professionals by Regulatory Colleges", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Canadian Regulators Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 24, 2013

Panelist, "Regulations: A New Reality in Retirement Homes", Ontario Residential Communities Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, April 2013

Speaker, "Retirement Homes Tenancies: Hot Topics", Osgoode Professional Development Intensive Program, Toronto, Ontario, February 11, 2013

Speaker, "Retirement Homes and Assisted Living in Canada – Demystifying the Law", Canadian Bar Association Webinar, October 23, 2012

Speaker, "Licensing Retirement Homes: Get the Facts", Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors Annual General Meeting and Convention, Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2012

Panelist, "The Long-Term Care Homes Act: The Freshman Year, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors Annual General Meeting and Convention, Toronto, Ontario, May 19, 2011

Awards & Recognition

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Health Care Law

Professional Activities

Appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to an independent review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan's Out-of-Country Program, 2007

Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5096
Fax 416.365.1876
jrisk@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Regulatory Agencies

Health Sector

Privacy

Legislative Drafting

Professional Self Regulation

Legislative and Statutory Powers

Called to the Bar
Ontario, 2001
Education
University of Toronto
LL.B. 1999

University of Cambridge
M.Phil. 1992

Queen's University
B.A. (Hons.) 1990

Harvard University
Certificate 2013
Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies

Awards & Recognition
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Health Care Law
Professional Activities
Appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to an independent review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan's Out-of-Country Program, 2007

Called to the Bar

Ontario, 2001

Education

University of Toronto
LL.B. 1999

University of Cambridge
M.Phil. 1992

Queen's University
B.A. (Hons.) 1990

Harvard University
Certificate 2013
Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies